Plainview in Hale County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Hackberry Groves
Birthplace of City of Plainview
On public domain, the site was unappropriated until mid-1880s when Zachary Taylor Maxwell (1848-1935), a sheep rancher, staked a quarter section claim here. Former Arkansas legislator Edwin L. Lowe, his friend, claimed adjacent 160 acres. They had surveyor R. P. Smyth plat public square half from Maxwell's land, half from Lowe's. Ranchers scoffed; one said he would eat everything ever built here. But claims were staked by others, including families of J. H. Bryan, J. C. Burch, J. M. Carter, Horace Griffin, Thornton Jones, Hugh McClelland, C. W. Marsalis, John Pendley, Poliet Smith, and J. W. Smylie. Jones opened a store. Lowe named town and became first postmaster on March 18, 1887.
When Hale County was organized in 1888, Plainview fulfilled dreams of its founders by becoming county seat. Lowe died July 13, 1889; Maxwell moved away, 1892. Pioneers continued to arrive, see the green trees and rich land, and settle nearby. Other men led city to obtain railroad and highway connections, develop trade and commerce and build enduring institutions.
Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee
Location. 34° 10.8′ N, 101° 41.938′ W. Marker is in Plainview, Texas, in Hale County. Marker is on Cedar Street south of 2nd Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in city park. Marker is in this post office area: Plainview TX 79072, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lamar School (approx. 0.3 miles away); General Ranald Slidell MacKenzie (approx. 0.4 miles away); Colonel C. C. Slaughter (approx. 0.4 miles away); Schick Opera House (approx. half a mile away); Texas Land & Development Company (approx. half a mile away); First Baptist Church of Plainview (approx. 0.6 miles away); Plainview Daily Herald (approx. 0.7 miles away); Green Machinery Co., Inc. (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Plainview.
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